Mystery Photo #71: Duluth Eagles Club Summer Home

There doesn’t appear to be much information on the internet about the Duluth Eagles Club in general, much less the summer home shown on this old postcard. When were the Duluth Eagles formed? When did the club disband? Where is Grand View Beach / Aeire Lake? And where was the club’s main lodge in Duluth?

Below are a few fragments of Duluth Eagles Club history available on the web.

History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present, Volume 1, by Dwight Edwards Woodbridge and John Stone Pardee, published in 1910, has a list of fraternal orders of Duluth with this entry:

Fraternal Order of Eagles–Duluth Aerie, No. 79–W. P. John Kerns; treasurer, F.G. Sandstedt; secretary, E. A. Pierce.

Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 30, 1968:

Duluth Eagles Club Burned Down

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A three-story brick building housing the Eagles Club in downtown Duluth was destroyed by fire early today. A night watchman told firemen he heard a “loud boom,” in the basement about 3:30 a.m. Investigating, he discovered the flames. No estimate of damage was available.

State of Minnesota v. Paul E. Sha, Jan. 21, 1972:

Defendant was charged with breaking and entering the Duluth Eagles Club in the early hours of June 9, 1968, and robbing the janitor of a wallet containing $40. On the day following the offense, defendant was arrested. The janitor’s wallet was found on defendant’s person. The janitor identified defendant as his assailant, and defendant’s fingerprints were taken from a glass and bottle at the scene of the crime.

And Duluth’s Ten Commandment Monument is connected to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The information below is from’s “F.O.E. Ten Commandment Monuments in Minnesota” page.

Donated by FOE: 1957
Current Location: Downtown Lakewalk, Canal Park Dr. at the intersection of Buchanan St. (On private property.)
Original Location: Duluth City Hall. Removed May 2004 as a result of litigation.
Scroll: “Presented To / The City Of Duluth / By / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / Aerie No. 79”
Litigation: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota filed a lawsuit on February 27 or 28 after weeks of negotiations with the city. The MCLU attorney stated that the monument “excludes those people who don’t believe in the Ten Commandments.”



about 5 years ago

Aerie Lake is a little NW of Duluth, near Alborn. I've been there many times as relatives have a cabin there. I'll have to ask around and see what they know about this old summer home.


about 5 years ago

Aerie Lake is located northwest of Alborn. It became a popular playground for Proctor & D.M.&I.R employees during the pre-World War II era. It was adjacent to (a two-mile hike) the Coleraine Line, which branched off the Mesabi Main Line to Virginia/Hibbing. The company allowed the Coleraine "Local" to pull a open gondola car during the summer months, carrying youngsters willing to make the hike to the lake and be back in time to get a return ride to the depot in Proctor. Many residents and employees from that area purchased lots and cabins on the lake, and it became a summer Mecca for many of the townspeople. I have my father to thank for this info. And for allowing me to test out my new Driver's License, driving home from there in the middle of the night, in the fog, with the family and a very nervous mother co-pilot, so I could deliver the Sunday paper to my customers. I have many fond memories of that lake, which my whole extended family and I share regularly. The Eagles Club, I know nada, except where it was.

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